Mary Katrantzou combines the ancient with the hyper-modern, fusing classicism with futurism and sixties art. Ancient artefacts are warped through op-art designs, mapped across the topography of the body to create new focal points and emphasis.
The New Classical collection marks a return to her trademark of trompe l’oeil prints, technically superlative across hourglass-seamed dresses and slender trousers with tunics. Curvaceous Amphora vases, streamlined and made modern.
New Classical De-codes Amphora symbol
An amphora is a type of container, most often ceramic of a characteristic shape and size, descending from at least as early as the Neolithic Period. Amphorae were used in ancient Greece for the transport and storage of various products, both liquid and dry, but mostly for wine.
Not all were purely utilitarian; large Geometric amphorae were used as grave markers, kraters in Apulia served as tomb offerings and Panathenaic Amphorae seem to have been looked on partly as objets d’art. Some were highly decorative and meant for elite consumption and domestic beautification as much as serving a storage or other function.
Black-figure pottery painting is one of the styles of painting on antique Greek vases. It was especially common between the 7th and 5th centuries BC, although there are specimens dating as late as the 2nd century BC.